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We went to Masa Bar (because Masa is an outrageous $500 Omakase compared to Morimoto's Philly's Omakase of just over a $100 and spectacular) and ate 6 pieces of nigiri (2 of us): it was dry and mediocre. The nigiri in Cleveland (eg, Table 45)...is far superior. The 6 pieces of nigiri and one glass of rose wine (shared) with tip cost almost $90! Outrageous price for sorry food.More
Ok. I know the price seems ludicrous. I know it’s kinda nuts to spend so much money on one meal. But imho some meals are worth it. And Masa was definitely worth it. Masa also has very large portions, which ended up being a heavy...meal. Too heavy for me anyway. The quality of the meal was out of this world. Tasty, unique, novel, daring, interesting, modern and downright delicious. I still think about a couple of the courses now months later. Memorable is an understatement. Yes, it’s all worth it in my opinion. My husband thinks so too. He took me out for my birthday dinner and all I can say is Wow and Thank You, My Love!More
We booked Masa because it's Michelin 3-star and believed the philosophy as outlined in its website.
Instead of the sushi bar we requested, we're led to sit at a quiet corner facing the wall making us a big contrast to those at the sushi bar...that were happily chatting and eating. Only after my husband pushed to speak with the manager and explained how annoyed we were that we got our places at the sushi bar half an hour later. This spoiled our mood.
Another surprise at the sushi bar as we got served by a Chinese chef, instead of Japanese, who said he's trained for 6 years. For USD500 per person + drinks, we do expect to be served by proper Japanese sushi chef instead of a Chinese who's cheeky & talked a lot. So how can I focus on my food?
The biggest surprises of all was that we're NOT allowed to take any photos of the food served. Why? Because MSAS doesn't want us to share on social media of how ordinary the food is? When asked I was told that was a rule set by the founder of MASA when he started the restaurant with the intention to have the customers to focus on the food. We don't agree but did oblige.
To sum it up, the overall food & experience do not worth the money. MASA is still riding on the reputation gained by its founder.
It gives us an enlightenment of not going to any restaurants that's crowned with Michelin 3-star for a number of years - as the founder would have made the money & fame and more likely than not to be enjoying life ....More
We like Japanese food, but MASA is an experience that we will never forget, the quality of the food was outstanding, everything was so fresh and delicious that we will repeat over and over when we get the chance and the money 💰 it is...quite expensive, but deserves every dollar. The services was impeccable every detail was taken care of . They don’t allow pictures .
By far a top choice in Manhattan for sushi and Japanese food lovers. The waitress had an excellent knowledge of the menu, that always helps. We started with the oysters and the oyster shots. Delicious duck tacos and duck rice. Finishing our meal with some...sushi combination. Try it!!!!More
The experience at Masa, sitting at the sushi bar is absolutely amazing. The food, the ambiance, and the experience I will remember forever. At $1600 for dinner for two, I probably won't do it again. But I am absolutely glad I did do it once....It's worth it.More
Everything is bared back here, to me it appeared the only thing on show was the food and that is a really good thing. Everything about the food was delicious really an eating experience a journey so to speak. Service was top-notch informative, friendly without...being intrusive.
We love Japanese food and have eaten it all over the world. I was very pleased that we made the decision to come here. Masa gives you an experience, In my opinion you’re not just eating food you are living it.
The ingredients are top-notch and some of them very expensive for a restaurant to purchase which is probably why it is so expensive to eat here.
I like the fact that some of the food is bite-size Pieces. The fish was sublime, the rice slightly firm which I like and the beef dishes were excellent. Sushi was an art form, I almost didn’t want to eat as it was so beautiful.
I’m not a food critic so I don’t want to go into detail about what we ate because I’ll probably say the wrong words but as a lover of Japanese food I can tell you this much do yourself a favour and eat here at least once.
We highly recommend.More